Luxury Enough is enough! The humdrum of everyday life and routine is driving you crazy. Get up, go to work, come home, work some more. This isn’t what life should be about! Where’s the fun, where’s the ‘me’ time, where’s the pampering?
You can find all this and more at these great luxury weekend getaways from Bengaluru.
At a distance of a little over 230 kilometres from Bengaluru, Coorg or Kodagu is abounding with coffee plantations. Blessed with nature’s bounty, the landscape in the ‘Scotland of India’ is a dream with cascading waterfalls, quaint villages and undulating hills in different shades of green everywhere you look. Tucked away in this pristine setting are luxury resorts and hotels that make for the perfect weekend getaway to rejuvenate your senses. Go ahead, take a deep breath and relax!
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2. Vythiri Resort, Vythiri
For an experience that’s worthy of endless ‘oh wows’, escape to the Vythiri Resort, 300 kilometres from Bengaluru. Nestled in the interiors of tropical rainforest, the resort spans 150 acres of verdant grounds complete with a stream. The only sounds you’re likely to hear here are those of birds that surround you everywhere. The accommodation here is truly unique with Pool Villas, independent cottages and Tree Houses, all of which are luxuriously furnished. Vythiri Resort is stunning in every way with a rope bridge and several vantage point sit-outs. Facilities like a spa, health club and swimming pool makes it all the more enticing.
Wayanad in Kerala is truly ‘God’s Own Country’. About 260 kilometres from Bengaluru, Wayanad is the heart of spice and coffee plantations in the region. It’s location in the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau in the Western Ghats makes it both scenic and serene. Wayanad is also home to ancient temples and caves along with wildlife sanctuaries and waterfalls that are especially popular for their rich flora and fauna. Most of the luxury resorts in Wayanad offer traditional Ayurveda treatments to give you all the help you need to recharge your batteries.
4. The Serai, Kabini
If you’re looking for a luxury getaway in the heart of the wilderness, then look no further that The Serai. A 200 kilometre drive gets you to this elegant resort where the bounties of nature welcome you with open arms. Kabini has the distinction of being home to Asia’s largest herd of elephants. The Serai offers an opportunity to truly be one with nature with guided jungle and nature walks, bicycle trails and water activities like kayaking. Accommodation options include Waterfront Verandahs, Waterfront Villas and The Residences, all impeccably furnished with hospitality to match.
On the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur is a quaint hill station 250 kilometres from Bengaluru. With several hidden gems, outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in trekking, fishing and kayaking. Those who prefer something more leisurely can enjoy nature walks or a round of golf at the charming Chikmagalur Golf Club. A destination that makes unwinding easy, Chikmagalur has several luxury resorts to choose from offering the finest in accommodation and facilities.
6. The Windflower Tusker Trails, Bandipur
Bandipur, at a distance of 235 kilometres from Bengaluru, is a wildlife reserve with teeming wildlife including tigers, leopards and elephants. The Windflower Tusker Trails jungle retreat strikes the perfect balance in preserving the fragile ecosystem while offering guests luxurious dwellings and amenities. Go on a wildlife safari, treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment or satiate your taste buds with an authentic meal, whatever your idea of happiness is; you’re likely to find it at The Windflower Tusker Trails.
At an altitude of 1,515 metres above sea level, Yercaud is a hill station about 225 kilometres from Bengaluru. Fondly called the ‘Jewel of the South’, Yercaud gets its name from the forests surrounding the lake, which is the centre of life and activity. Located in the Eastern Ghats, attractions at Yercaud include trekking trails, temples, waterfalls and vantage points. With scenic beauty that delights the senses, there are several resorts to choose from at Yercaud on your luxury weekend getaway.
8. Soukya, Dr. Mathai’s International Holistic Health Centre, Bengaluru
If it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for everyone else too! Soukya, Dr. Mathai’s International Holistic Health Centre came in to the limelight after HRH The Duchess of Cornwall became a patron in 2010. Located about 37 kilometres from Bengaluru’s city centre, Soukya is a unique facility that helps restore the natural balance of the mind, body and soul by combining modern medical advancements, ancient medical techniques including Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Naturopathy and other complementary therapies customised to suit each individual’s needs. Whether spending a weekend, a week or longer, Soukya, Dr. Mathai’s International Holistic Health Centre will leave you refreshed, revived and rejuvenated.
Not exactly a conventional luxury weekend break getaway destination, Mysore at a distance of 150 kilometres from Bengaluru offers many surprises. Along with the history and architecture of the city including the majestic Mysore Palace, Mysore has several luxury resorts that offer the peace and quiet you may be seeking. Add to this, traditional Ayurveda spa facilities and you’re guaranteed to have a relaxing time.